Frequently asked questions

General questions

  • 1. What are dentures?

    Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that replace your natural teeth when they’re lost or removed. Your dentist creates the dentures, customizing them to your specific needs. They may recommend a particular type of denture based on the number of teeth that need to be replaced and where in the mouth the denture will need to go.

  • 2. Types of dentures

    From full dentures to partials and implants, there are several types of dentures on the market—each made from different materials and serving different purposes. It’s important to discuss the benefits of each with your dentist to find out which appliance would be most suitable. You can find out more about the different types of dentures available here.

  • 3. How to tell if my denture fits properly?

    Knowing what’s right when it comes to how your dentures fit can be tricky. It can take a week to four weeks to get used to your new fitting but there are things to look out for in case your dentures need adjusting. If you have persistent soreness in yours gums or loose movement in your mouth, you may want to check with your dentist that your dentures fit properly.

  • 4. How long do dentures last?

    Dentures are pretty tough, but they're not indestructible and they are softer than natural teeth. A proper denture care routine will help keep them looking their best and your dental professional will advise you whenever the right moment for an adjustment will be.

  • 5. What to expect when getting dentures?

    Once your dentures have been fitted, it may feel strange to have them in your mouth. For the first one or two days, your dentures might feel heavy and you should expect some changes to the way you eat and speak. However, this is all completely normal and your tongue, mouth, and facial muscles will soon adapt.

  • 6. What to ask the dentist before a tooth extraction

    Whilst it may seem like a daunting procedure, being aware of what to expect can ease your mind. Being clear on the day's schedule is important as well as asking questions about anaesthetic types, ways to ease anxiety and what to consider when leaving the surgery. Find our full list of questions to ask your dentist before tooth extraction here.

  • 7. What will my first week with dentures be like?

    Experiences will vary from person to person but understanding how to adjust to your new dentures during your first week is important. As a new denture wearer, you may find changes with the way you eat and speak as well as some initial discomfort. However, these hurdles can be overcome with effective meal planning and practising talking with your dentures at home.

Care

Eating

  • 1. How to eat with dentures?

    In your first weeks with dentures, you'll need to start slow when it comes to eating. Make sure to be careful when eating firm fruits, meat and sweets and try and use both sides of your mouth when chewing. Having a glass of water with your food will also make eating with your dentures easier.

  • 2. What foods can I eat with dentures?

    Being a denture wearer doesn't mean you have to stop eating the foods you enjoy. Plan ahead and you can create easy to eat all day meal plans that incorporate food types that are easy to chew and don't irritate your gums. From scrambled eggs at breakfast, fresh fruit and yogurts to snack on and chilli and fish for dinner, there are lots of things you can incorporate within your meal plans.

Speech

  • 1. Will dentures change the way I talk?

    Whilst adjusting to dentures, you may notice changes to pronunciation and the volume of your voice. However, once your mouth muscles become more familiar with your new dental appliance, you’ll soon become more comfortable talking with friends, speaking up at work, and laughing with family. 

  • 2. How to talk with dentures

    New denture wearers may find it difficult to pronounce certain sounds, particularly "F" and "S" sounds. You might also struggle speaking at a normal volume and may experience your dentures shifting in your mouth. However, there are ways to manage these speech issues as you adapt to your new dental appliance, including practicing with tongue twisters and using a denture adhesive.

Relationships

  • 1. How to tell others I have dentures?

    Telling partners, family and friends that you have dentures can be daunting but there are ways to take the stress out of this process. Starting slowly and opening up to your closest friends or family members is always a good place to start and, as time goes on, you should be able to become more confident living with your dentures and gradually tell more people.

  • 2. How to date with dentures

    Dating with dentures can be nerve wracking but there are plenty of things you can do to prepare and boost your confidence in advance. Practising talking with your partial dentures can help you get over any hurdles you may have with your speech as well as making sure you pick the right foods and remembering to smile!

Self Esteem

  • 1. How can dentures impact my self-esteem?

    Getting dentures can sometimes affect your day-to-day confidence but there are ways to boost your confidence during this new chapter of your life. It's important to know you're not alone on this journey and dentures are made to fit as naturally as possible and shouldn't change the shape of your face or mouth. Adjusting to them can take time, but you can overcome self-esteem issues by learning to eat and speak with dentures at home and establishing an effective cleaning routine.